OLGA KURYLENKO1Beautiful Ukrainian-born model and actor Olga Kurylenko shines on the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards, wearing cruelty-free shoes by Britain’s Beyond Skin.

The Oblivion star stepped out in style in metallic-trimmed black faux-suede evening shoes by celebrated British cordwainers – and frequent PETA collaborators Beyond Skin, whose handmade vegan and eco-friendly shoes are loved by celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway.OLGA KURYLENKO2Kurylenko’s shoes, which will soon be available for sale from Beyond Skin, are made from Dinamica, a durable, long-lasting and sustainable material manufactured in Italy from 100 per cent recycled bottle tops.

“Modern vegan fabrics aren’t just kinder to animals than old-school leather is – they’re also breathable, more durable, waterproof and eco-friendly”, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “As Olga Kurylenko’s fabulous Oscars look proves, thanks to shoes like Beyond Skin’s, it’s easier than ever to find high-quality high fashion that doesn’t come at the cost of any animal’s life.”

Eco-minded celebrities are turning away from leather. Tanneries are notorious for polluting the surrounding land and water, and tannery workers are often exposed to excessive amounts of deadly chemicals, including arsenic. What’s more, many animals who are killed for their skin endure castration, branding, tail-docking and dehorning – all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, many animals are skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious.

PETA, a longtime partner of Beyond Skin, helped coordinate Kurylenko’s footwear with Red Carpet Green Dress, Suzy Amis Cameron’s international design contest for gowns and menswear made of organic, sustainable or recycled materials. This is the fifth year of the contest, with Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz – a PETA supporter – wearing this year’s winning designer’s creations on the red carpet.